6-26-09 New Braunfels, TX

© Wannes Smeets

Photos: by Tomski

The Gourds
Gruene Hall
1281 Gruene Road
New Braunfels, TX

01. Country Love
02. Do 4 U *
03. Country Gal > Fat Bottomed Girls (Brian May)
04. Trampled by the Sun
05. Luddite Juice
06. Red Letter Day
07. The Gyroscopic
08. Arapaho
09. Shreveport
10. When Wine was Cheap
11. Blankets
12. Blanket Show
13. Hellhounds
14. My Name is Jorge
15. God's House
16. "Stab"
17. Burn the Honeysuckle > ABC (The Corporation) > Burn the Honeysuckle
18. Valentine
19. The Tinys Variety Hour (Claude Bernard/Matt Cook/Travis Garaffa)
20. Tex-Mex Mile
21. I Come Up >
22. All the Labor
23. Gravity Talks (Dan Stuart/Chris Cacavas)
24. Pill Bug Blues
25. The Ballad of John and Yoko tease (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
26. Nuevo Laredo (Doug Sahm)
27. Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson) > Give Me Back My Wig (Theodore "Hound Dog" Taylor)

© Tomski

Special thanks to Tomski, Mark, and Wannes Smeets for the field reports. If anyone has audio/video/photos from this show, please email TheGourdsNews.


  1. The brief snippet of ABC was cute and a nice shoutout to Michael, but Don't Stop was a full out disco, with Kev deftly handling the falsetto, and Jimmy, in sunglasses, laying down the heavy beat. Might be the first time that song has ever been played with a banjo, so thanks Max! Lots of people up front breaking out their dormant disco moves, and 15 minutes after the show, Kev was still busting some moves in Gruene Hall, as Thriller played on the PA.

    Shreveport was one of the highlights, with an extended outro that got the crowd generating a lot more heat, and the night was pretty sweltering in Gruene Hall. I almost lost it when Jimmy and the band jumped into the Ballad of John and Yoko. They charged in like they have rehearsed it, but stopped suddenly after one verse. One of the all-time great yet unheralded Beatles songs.Hope they try that again.


  2. We actually used to play John And Yoko, but I sang it. I was all ready to play it, but I guess Smith didn't know the lyrics well enough. The band was just as disappointed at the crowd. We worked it up some years ago for a Beatles hoot night we did at Antones. We did some cool shit for that one. This day for the record we sweat for 10 hours it seemed. Starting with Threadgills KGSR Fanfare we went to Gruene from there and sat around for a couple hours waiting to soundcheck. We were surprisingly good for having been in the heat all day.

  3. I believe Shinyribs meant to say, "The band was just as disappointed AS the crowd".

  4. Isn't "Chinese Variety Hour" actually "Tiny's Variety Hour"? Or was there some official name change that I don't know about?

  5. good question, mikelbarnz. here is the answer, as provided by http://thegourdsdictionary.blogspot.com/

    Chinese Variety Hour - The Gourds first played this tune by The Tinys in Atlanta (3-29-09). After the show, a Cucurb named Pete misheard Claude and wrote down "The Tinys Variety Hour" as "Chinese Variety Hour". Asked about the different title two days later in Philadelphia, Claude remarked: "When I play it with The Gourds, that's what it's called".